A weekly series on the stigma surrounding sex and sexual health

[This is a snippet from my column on Medium.]

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Consent is never a grey area.

This is a really important discussion for Sex Education, particularly seeing as we never bloody learnt anything about it in school — or even at home. “No means no,” was never a phrase I heard from any adult until I joined social media and the #MeToo era swept in. If I had heard it in my younger years, then maybe a few things wouldn’t have happened.

But consent, people, is never a grey area when it comes to sex and sexual activities. Or anything, really, doesn’t matter whether it’s sexual or not. It doesn’t even have to be an explicit ‘no’, a simple “I’m not sure,” “not right now,” “I don’t know,” “I don’t want to,” “I’m tired,” “ummmm . . .” all means no. If the person isn’t outright saying yes, if they aren’t showing you they mean yes, then it’s a no.

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